Livingston County Invite track meet
Gracie Feeney won two individual events and her El Paso-Gridley teammates collected five other events wins in the girls’ portion of the Livingston County Invitational track and field meet Tuesday at Williamson Field.
Lexington’s contingent with the Ridgeview track team shined on the boys’ side as Tate Walcott and Mason Barr each won two events. RHS teammate and Ridgeview student Jacob Donaldson was also a double-winner as the Mustangs claimed eight events overall.
Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland’s Nick Olson set a personal mark in winning the shot put and Pontiac’s Ryan Lauritsen proved he can match the state standard in the pole vault as the County Invite took place for the 37th time. The county meet, itself, dates back to the early 20th century.
Feeney, a senior at EPG, took the 100-meter hurdles in 16.18 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 50.81 seconds. Julia Reed won the 3,200 run in 13:26.35 for the Titans.
In the field, EPG claimed the long jump with Kalynn Schlipf, who went 14 feet, 6 inches, nipping Tri-Point’s Jackie Houck by a half inch, and the triple jump with Ashlyn Mool, who had a mark of 28-7½, just a half inch better than Haley Jopin of Tri-Point. Jackie Schertz cleared 6-7 to win the pole vault. Kortney Bagby won the shot put with a push of 32-4, edging Ridgeview’s Mia Tinsley by two inches.
Sophia Lowery tied for first in the high jump but lost out on misses as Lauren Boy of Ridgeview won the honor. Both went 4-6.
The Mustangs displayed speed in winning the 4x100 relay in 54.13 seconds as anchor Tinsley started the homestretch run in third before overcoming EPG and Pontiac. The 4x200 team won 1:56.14.
Tinsley later won the 100 dash in 12.72 seconds and helped the Mustangs win the Weightman’s Relay. Layken McGuire won the 1,600 for Ridgeview in 5:57.73. Jayden Standish won the discuss with a toss of 100-7, topping Pontiac’s Abby Waldschmidt by seven inches.
Pontiac’s lone first-place finish was Sarah Christopher in the 400 with a time of 1:02.55. Tri-Point’s Jackie Weller won the 200 in 27.1 and teammate Jackie Houck was second. Claire Weers of Fieldcrest took the 800 in 2:34.27.
FCW’s Olson has been to state in the shot put, finishing third last year after placing fifth as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman. He pushed the shot 56-7, setting a personal-best mark. Olson’s winning discus distance was 143-5½ as he swept the throws.
Walcott and Barr did what they could to show off the speed of Lexington’s athletes as Mustangs in the co-op with Ridgeview. Walcott won the 100 in 11.37 seconds despite charging into a strong wind. He also captured the 200 in 22.68 seconds and ran the anchor on the 4x100 relay, which won in 44.82 seconds.
Barr swept the hurdles with a time of 16.15 seconds in the 110 highs and 41.92 in the 300 intermediates.
Ridgeview’s athletes are pretty good, too, as Donaldson proved by winning the high jump at 6 feet and the triple jump at 41-5. The Mustangs also won the 4x200 in 1:33.47.
Pontiac’s Lauritsen cleared 13-1 in winning the pole vault. It matched the Class 2A qualifying mark to make it to state. Teammate Angelo Borrego won the long jump with a leap of 19-8.
On the track, Joel Whittle won the 800 in 2:08.84 and Alex Sennott took the 3,200 in 11:37.17.
Andy Layden of EPG won the 1,600 in 4:58.43 and the Titans won the 4x800 relay. EPG also won the co-ed 4x400 relay.
Micah Hurd of Fieldcrest won the 400 in 54.52 seconds.